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March 10, 2006

HLS in DC, March 13-17, 2006

Filed under: Events — by Christian Beckner on March 10, 2006

Below is a list of homeland security policy events in the DC area next week. I post a list each week and will sometimes update mid-week when I find new items. You can always find current and previous postings under the “Events” category tab at right. And please note that many events require prior invitations and/or RSVPs.

3/13: Washington Foreign Press Center briefing with USCIS director Emilio Gonzalez on “U.S. Immigration Policy and National Security.” National Press Building, 14th and F, NW, 1:30pm.
3/14: National League of Cities congressional conference features remarks by Sec. Chertoff. Hilton Washington, 9:15am.
3/14: Center for American Progress discussion with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on “Ports, Politics, and Priorities: A Common Sense Plan to Strengthen our Security.” 1333 H St NW, 10th Fl., 10:30am.
3/14: Federalist Society panel discussion on “The NSA’s Terrorist Surveillance Program.” National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, 12 noon.
3/15: US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce’s 10th Annual Border Issues Conference. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 9am.
3/15: National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) congressional staff briefing on “Regional Approaches to Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Lessons Learned.” Capitol Building, SC-6, 2:30pm.
3/15: House Armed Services Committee hearing on “Implementing the Global War on Terror strategy: Overcoming Interagency Problems.” Rayburn 2118, 5pm.
3/16: House Appropriations Committee hearing on the DHS budget for CBP, ICE, and the Secure Border Initiative. Rayburn 2359, 10am.
3/16: CSIS event on “Protecting Critial Banking and Financial Services: Roundtable Series on Private Sector Avian Influenza Preparedness.” 1800 K St NW, 10am.
3/16: House Homeland Security Committee hearing to introduce new port security legislation, the “Security and Accountability For Every Port Act (SAFE Port Act).” Cannon 311, 10:30am.
3/16: Heritage Foundation event on the “Patriotic Assimilation of Immigrants” with USCIS director Emilio Gonzalez. 214 Mass. Ave NE, 12 noon.
3/16: Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the National Nuclear Security Administration budget. Dirksen 124, 2:30pm.

(Please e-mail me if you have suggestions about additions to this list for this week, or future weeks).

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Comment by Jesus Rodrigues

March 13, 2006 @ 2:35 pm

Did you know that aside from separating the uniformed officers (Customs and Border Protection) from plainclothes/detectives (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), the Dept. of Homeland Security does not have the statutory authority to investigate terrorists? The FBI took over Legacy U.S. Customs Terrorist Financing investigations (Operation Green Quest) since the FBI has sole jurisdiction on terrorism. Shouldn’t every U.S. agency help in this endeavor. Much like the drugs in the 1980s and defense contracts and Medicare fraud in the 1990s. It was mainly the FBI’s shortcomings anyway that we had 9/11. Remember one of the memos written by an FBI agent from Minnesotta? They need to re-examine the ICE organizational structure. DHS should listen to the GAO’s and DHS Inspector General’s recommendations in merging back the two agencies, CBP and ICE, under one agency. Now most of the seizures/intel at the border are left without any investigative follow-ups. So much for dismantling criminal and terrorist organizations.

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